Friends of John B. Poindexter present a $250,000 check to establish an Endowment for Desert Quail Research at Sul Ross State University’s Borderlands Research Institute. From left are Nelson Puett of Nelson Puett Foundation, Roswell Vaughan, Poindexter and Dennis Murphee at the Coronado Club in Houston during a luncheon in Poindexter’s honor. (Photos courtesy Louis Harveson/Special to the Daily Planet)
Poindexter is a third-generation Texan and a military veteran who lives in Houston and the Big Bend region. He holds a Ph.D. in eonomic and finance from New York University, and was a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army. He is chairman of the board and CEO of J.B. Poindexter & Co., a member of the Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board and of the Museum of the Big Bend Director’s Advisory Council.
Poindexter is most at home at his historic Cibolo Creek Ranch, which is used by cultural, academic, business and civic organizations for meetings and other functions. He restored the ranch and has written a book describing its history and the life of the region’s principal pioneer in “The Cibolo Creek Ranch.” He has also written about historical, military, genealogical and economic subjects. Source.
Houston businessman John Poindexter seen in these photographs was honored by President Barack Obama in 2009. Poindexter, a Texas millionaire businessman noted for being a donor to the Democratic Party, was receiving an award from Obama related to his military service in Vietnam.Poindexter told the media that he tried to awaken Scalia about 8:30 the morning of February 13, 2016, the judge's door was locked and he did not answer. Three hours later, Poindexter returned after an outing, with a friend of Scalia who had come from Washington with him.
"We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled," said Poindexter.
A map appeared to be set under a bottle of water.
“When I went to straighten his room up after he was removed this morning, I noticed he had a map of the property next to his bed,” Poindexter said. “He had obviously been looking at it before he went to bed.”
Cibolo Creek Ranch is located 33 miles SW of Marfa, Texas. The "El Presidente" suite where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found with a "pillow over his head" in "perfect repose."
The area is famous for the Marfa lights, also known as the Marfa ghost or spook lights. They have been observed near U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas, in the United States. Onlookers have ascribed "spook lights" to Fortean phenomena such as UFOs or will-o'-the-wisp.
"One of the best-known [ghost lights] occurs in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos region of far West Texas, between the small towns of Alpine and Marfa, where the Marfa Lights have been seen by” many generations of West Texans, wrote Rob Riggs (September 7, 1945 - November 3, 2015) in his In The Big Thicket.
The first published account of the lights appeared in the July 1957 issue of Coronet magazine. In 1976, Elton Miles' Tales of the Big Bend included stories dating to the 19th century, and a photograph of the Marfa lights taken by a local rancher.
The earliest anecdote commonly cited for the observation of the Marfa Lights is that of the cowboy Robert Reed Ellison in March 1883. This was while he was herding cattle through the Paisano Pass southwest across the Marfa plain. Then the lights are seen again in 1885 by Joe and Anne Humphreys. Both stories appear in Cecilia Thompson's book History of Marfa and Presidio County, Texas 1535-1946.
Bunnell lists 34 Marfa lights sightings from 1945 through 2008. Monitoring stations were put in place starting in 2003. He has identified "an average of 9.5 MLs on 5.25 nights per year," but thinks the monitoring stations may only be finding half of the MLs in Mitchell Flat. Source.
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Numerous plot-points are derived from Back to the Future.
In the opening scene of the episode of "Meet the Quagmires", Horace the bartender is suddenly knocked unconscious after falling off a ladder [footnote: see below for the meaning of "Scalia"], causing Death to appear.
Have we been this way before...
On February 11, 2006, Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt at Armstrong ranch in Kenedy County, Texas. Secret Service agents and medical aides, who were traveling with Cheney, came to Whittington's assistance and treated his birdshot wounds to his right cheek, neck, and chest. An ambulance standing by for the Vice President took Whittington to nearby Kingsville before he was flown by helicopter to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital. On February 14, 2006, Whittington had a non-fatal heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart. Because of the small size of the birdshot pellets, doctors decided to leave up to 30 pieces of the pellets lodged in his body rather than try to remove them. Source.Political cartoons followed in the wake of the Cheney hunting accident that had been covered up - as far as when it happened - right after the incident.
Since Dick Cheney and Antonin Scalia had gone hunting together before, this has lead to sharp comments and questions in 2016 after Scalia died about whether he had been shoot by Cheney.
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Justice Scalia made a statement at the President Obama’s second Inauguration by wearing a stunning replica of the hat worn by St. Thomas More in the famous Holbein portrait.
Sir Thomas More (February 7, 1478 - July 6, 1535), venerated by Catholics as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist.
After the jury's verdict was delivered and before his sentencing, More spoke freely of his belief that "no temporal man may be the head of the spirituality". He was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered (the usual punishment for traitors who were not the nobility), but the King commuted this to execution by decapitation. The execution took place on July 6, 1535.
Recorded in many forms including Eschelle, Echelle, Deeschelle (French), Scala and Scalera (Italian), and Escala, Escalera, and Escalante (Spanish), this is a very interesting and aristocratic surname. However spelt it is of Roman (Latin) pre 4th century a.d. origins, and derives from the word 'scandere' meaning 'to climb'. Various directories suggest that the name was originally topographical for a person who lived in a village or house on a terraced slope, or one where the entry was by an outside ladder. Another suggestion is that the name was occupational and referred to a maker or seller of ladders, whilst a further suggestion is that it is a nickname for the only person in a village who possessed a ladder! Our opinion is that it is, or rather was, sometimes at least, a military term for a soldier who was responsible for the scaling ladders, which paid such a major part in all warfare in the ancient times before the use of firearms. This would seem to be confirmed by the coat of arms as recorded below, since this was granted for military deeds. Source.